Seminar in the City: Lesbian Lives, Theories, & Herstories

Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Pace University, One Pace Plaza (Park Row & Spruce Street)
Room W603A
Free four-part course

This semester’s four-part Seminar in the City series will consider lesbian identities at the intersection of culture, race/ethnicity, and class in both historical and contemporary context. We will study strategies of survival and self-expression and consider issues such as lesbian and queer sexualities and genders, lesbian liberation movements, and lesbian/feminist/queer theorizing and representation in popular culture—through literature, personal testimonies, historical documents, (auto)biography, and visual arts. Please enter the building at 9 Spruce Street and refer to the following map for the best transportation options:   The series is taught by Flavia Rando, Brooklyn College.


We encourage registrants to attend all sessions, though it is not mandatory in order to attend. All CLAGS Events are free and open to the public, space permitting. RSVP does not guarantee entrance to sold out events.

If you have registered on Eventbrite, your name will be on our list at the security desk at 9 Spruce Street, but please be prepared to show photo identification.  Walk-in attendees will be admitted as space allows, and photo identification will also be required.  CLAGS volunteers will greet you at the security desk from 6pm to 6:30pm on class days, but if you are late, please tell the Pace security officer you are there for the “Seminar in the City.”

To create a true seminar-style class experience, we ask that you complete the readings in advance of each meeting (following this week) and that you bring your own copy with you. Access to the Pace wireless network is available, but we will be maintaining an “unplugged” classroom environment in the interest of having good face to face discussions.

Flavia Rando, Ph.D., is an art historian who teaches Women’s and Gender Studies. A lesbian activist since 1969, she was a member of the Gay Liberation Front and Radicalesbians. As an academic activist, she has organized and served on numerous committees, task forces and panels. She was co-editor of Gay and Lesbian Presence in Art and Art History and, in 2008, the co-chair of the Clark Institute Colloquium, How Queer Is Art History?. She is the editor of Portrait of a Decade: 1968-1978, for which she wrote the essay, “Witness to a Revolution,” and she contributed the essay “Between Bohemia and Revolution,” to Smash the Church, Smash the State: Forty Years of Gay Revolution, edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca. In 2011, she inaugurated the Lesbian Studies Institute at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and is now teaching the second year of classes.

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